Union Pacific Ditchlights?

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ECIRailfan

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I saw UP 6280, a GE AC4400CW, lead a 2 unit power move go by twice today, (northbound and southbound)

I noticed that it had flashing ditch lights, when they were turned on at the crossing. It surprised me, as I never knew that UP used flashing ditch lights on their locomotives.

Are flashing ditch lights found on some UP locomotives, and if so, how many? T

Thanks!
 

ECIRailfan

New Member
Thanks!

I found it pretty cool, considering the engine was with the flag and the wings on the nose. Thought that they would have replaced them when they repainted.
 

Mr. Pick

New Member
Now this is interesting. All CSX units have ditch lights that flash when the horn is activated, so far as I know. Just yesterday evening on the way home from work I got a couple of pics of UP loco's pulling K475, an ethanol through train that goes to Florida - one of the few times I get to see UP power down here on the CSX Chattanooga sub. Both the UP loco's were AC4400CW's, and the flashing ditch lights might be the reason they use those units on the through trains. Learn something every day!
 

ECIRailfan

New Member
A unit doesn't need to be equipped with flashing ditch lights to operate on a road that normally uses them.

After a bit of research, it seems like quite a few of UP's AC4400CWs came from the Southern Pacific, which did have flashing ditch lights.

I still find it odd that UP did not remove the flashing feature from the ditch lights, when they were sent to the shop to be repainted, or for the occasional check-up, as they are in the UP flag scheme, their most recent.
 

storminorman

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Picture please with arrow to 'ditch lights'. I'm assuming lights at the front and very bottom that flash? Or are they some sort of a side mount?
 

JeffLH

Member
A unit doesn't need to be equipped with flashing ditch lights to operate on a road that normally uses them.

After a bit of research, it seems like quite a few of UP's AC4400CWs came from the Southern Pacific, which did have flashing ditch lights.

I still find it odd that UP did not remove the flashing feature from the ditch lights, when they were sent to the shop to be repainted, or for the occasional check-up, as they are in the UP flag scheme, their most recent.
I'm not surprised that they didn't change them. As long as they are in working order and meet Federal Regs, they aren't going to fix something that really isn't broken.

The few times I've had to run units with flashing ditch lights I'd have to say I didn't care for the feature. I can just imagine the effect running in fog at night. I suppose though it's what you're used to.

Jeff
 

5thGenRR

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I'm not surprised that they didn't change them. As long as they are in working order and meet Federal Regs, they aren't going to fix something that really isn't broken.

The few times I've had to run units with flashing ditch lights I'd have to say I didn't care for the feature. I can just imagine the effect running in fog at night. I suppose though it's what you're used to.

Jeff
You are correct and so was the other Jeff (UP Salina Sub). SP had some that were and that 62XX was an Ex SP. They/we also wouldn't change the lights over so being solid unless there was a failure. At that point we would convert it.
 
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csx 381

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true most CSX units ditch lights flash when the horn is blown, i have been on a few that do not flash, they stay solid. I never knew it mattered one way or the other if they flashed or didnt. I mean i noticed it but never thought why they did or didnt. i was on a southern engine once that was fairly new and it had all kind of options for the ditch lights. you could make them flash, you could keep them solid, even flash without the horn blowing.

csx 381
 




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